- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd (17 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0720613523
- ISBN-13: 978-0720613520
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Circus Mania Paperback – 17 Apr 2010
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A passionate, up to date look at the circus and its people --Gerry Cottle
"Circus Mania is a brilliant account of a vanishing art form." --Roger Lewis, Daily Mail
Like a good old fashioned circus McPherson s favourite kind, in the end the book rollicks along at a cracking pace, delivering a cast of colourful characters, and a parade of stories of the life-is-stranger-than-fiction variety. There are thrills and spills, acts of derring-do, heart-in-mouth moments, and laughs aplenty. The circus deserves this book and, like the circus, McPherson deserves for Circus Mania to reach a very wide and appreciative audience. --Tina Jackson, Writer's Hub
Full of stories and anecdotes that give readers a good sense of the thrills and dangers associated with the big top --David Pitt, Booklist
A real page-turner of a book. . . a strangely beguiling examination of a form of entertainment like no other --Eastern Daily Press
This lively, fact-filled, well-researched guide to circus history, tradition and culture pulls back the curtains and takes readers inside the teeming world of trapeze daredevils, clowns, animal handlers and other performers with centuries of circus blood coursing in their veins. --Neil Pond, American Profile
'Ingenious. . . engaging. . . a powerful introduction to circus performance then and now' --The Call Boy - journal of the British Music Hall Society
From the travelling big top, through big name productions, theatrical circus, youth projects, circus education and resident shows right through to the weird and wonderful world of contemporary circus and freak shows, new book Circus Mania covers all the bases. --Helen Whitcher, This Is Cabaret
About the Author
Douglas McPherson is a journalist specializing in entertainment, writing regularly for the "Daily Telegraph," the" Stage," and "My Weekly."
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McPherson’s book combines historical research on circus with interviews with circus owners and artists as well as his own reviews of their shows.Read more ›
The elephant not in the room, - why a tent in a field and sawdust ring if there are no animals? Circus will develop differently. The trend is more theatrical, better lighting, music and production. But the skills remain much the same.
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a great read for lovers of the old style circus which thrilled me as a boy , thank you. would recommed this sitePublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by Foordy
I received Circus Mania as a gift from a work colleague. I confess that as a child I was not particularly interested in the circus so it took me some time to get reading. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2012 by Abby Williams
I must confess that my recollections of the circus are slight and my knowledge even more so, but this highly revealing book changed all that, filling in the gaps, restoring... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2011 by Tony Byworth